January 13, 2008--Dam upgrades will double flood protection for Sacramento (Environmental News Service)

Photo Folsom Dam courtesy of California State Parks

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday announced the start of a construction project that will double flood protection in most areas of the Sacramento region. The project includes improvements to Folsom Dam, located on the American River about 23 miles northeast of Sacramento. The $1.3 billion project will shore up dikes and build a new spillway to drain off the huge influx of water from heavy storms that otherwise might threaten the residents of Sacramento. The project will be paid for with a combination of federal, state and local funding. It will support more than 2,200 new jobs in California's Central Valley.

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